The 30 Best Boating Gifts For Boaters

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Are you looking for the best gifts for boaters for Christmas? Or did your friends just buy a boat and now you need practical gifts for boat owners? Or do you need boating gifts for a relative who used to be a sailor?

Whatever your case, you will find the 30 best boat gifts for any boating enthusiast here! From practical boating gifts, such as a cooler box to funny boat gifts such as t-shirts, today’s post includes something for everyone.

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30 boating gifts for boaters

Large budget gifts for boaters

#1 Cooler box

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Igloo cooler

This giant cool box is one of the best gifts for boaters who love staying on the water for hours. With this cooler, they can keep their refreshments cold all day! It’s also a great gift idea for boat owners who love hosting parties on their boats.

#2 Portable waterproof speakers

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JBL Flip 5

What’s a boat party without music?

That’s right, a sad party!

So this portable waterproof speaker by JBL is one of the best gifts for boat owners who love throwing parties. Though, it’s also a great gift for boaters who simply enjoy some background music.

#3 Boat table

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Boat table

This is one of the most practical gifts for boat owners; a boat utility table. They can finally keep their food and drinks on a (relatively) stable table!

It’s quite an expensive gift, so before you buy this table, make sure you’ve checked whether their boat already has a table or not.

#4 Grill for boats

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Boating grill

This is one of the best gifts for boaters who love barbecuing! The grill is specifically designed to be used on a boat. It can be mounted in different ways, it’s stable, easy to clean, minimizes blowouts, and the lid can be rotated to function as a windshield.

#5 Airhead hot dog

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Airhead hot dog

Are you looking for gifts for boaters with kids? Then is by far the best gift you can get.

It’s actually my favorite boating gift on this list, and I do not have children (I guess I am just a big child myself).

I mean, what’s funnier than trying to hang on to this hot dog with your friends (or kids), while a boat is pulling you forwards and making turns?

For more fun water-related boat gifts, check out #8.

#6 Floating sunglasses

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Floating sunglasses

These floating sunglasses are super practical gifts for boaters. Boaters no longer have to worry about dropping their sunglasses in the water, because they will simply stay afloat. Okay, yeah they would still need to get into the water or use a net to pick them up, but at least they don’t need to deep dive to find their sunglasses!

These sunglasses are also very useful for surfers or people who love the beach and the ocean.

#7 Waterproof shoes

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Waterproof shoes

Things can get wet on a boat, so anything that’s waterproof is a great gift.

One example of that are these DYKHMILY sneakers. They are lightweight and waterproof. Plus the sole is slip-resistant which makes them very useful on a boat. And last but not least, they are actually stylish. And especially this last reason is why these shoes are great gifts for boaters.

#8 Inflatable paddleboard

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Usually, boat owners are quite active people who love water and being outdoors.

So any gift that involves water and activities is a great gift, such as this inflatable paddleboard!

It’s a great way for boaters to do something active once they’ve dropped their anchor.

So if you are looking for gift ideas for boaters who love sports, this is the gift you need.

#9 Personalized boat name shirt

Man wearing a white shirt
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

For boat owners, their boat is almost like their second home (and in some cases like their child), they love it and they are proud of it.

So they’ll appreciate anything with the boat’s name on it, such as this shirt with the captain and the boat’s name.

It’s one of the best-personalized gifts for boat owners who love being the captain of their boat.

Mid budget gifts for boaters

#10 Boat LED lights

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Boat LED lights

Are you looking for fun gifts for boat owners that will light up their boats?

Then this set of eight LED lights is perfect.

It will make their boat look amazing at night! And it’s not only beautiful but also very practical for boaters who love driving at night.

#11 Travel guides for boaters

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Fifty places to sail before you die

Fifty places to sail before you die

Are you looking for gifts for boaters who love sailing? Then this book with experts’ top 50 places to sail around the world is the book you need!

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World cruising routes

World cruising routes

The books by Jimmy Cornell are sometimes also referred to as the bible of cruising sailors and thus a great gift idea for boaters!

#12 Earth Pak dry bag

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Dry bag

Quite a few of the great gifts for boaters on this list are things that protect against water. And that makes sense, because being on the water all the time, doesn’t come without risks. And this dry bag is a great way to prevent things such as their phones, wallets, iPads, and whatnot from water.

#13 Boat gifts for couples

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Matching hat and coolers

Are you looking for boating gifts for a couple who does everything together? Or for a couple who loves matching outfits?

Or perhaps you are looking for funny gifts for boat owners.

Either way, this set with Captain and First Mate matching hats and bottle and can coolers is perfect.

#14 Boaters cookbook

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The boaters cookbook

Cooking on a small boat can be quite a challenge and I am sure that many boaters already know about this. They’ve probably always stuck to the same small and simple meals, but not anymore.

This cookbook contains 450 super easy and quick gallery-tested recipes that can be made on a boat.

#15 Boat dashboard compass

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Are you looking for practical gifts for boaters?

Then this compass for their boat’s dashboard is a great idea. It will help them to navigate the old-fashioned way (in case they ever run out of batteries). The compass is waterproof and lights up at night, so it can also be used for navigation when it’s dark.

#16 Flag poles

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Flag poles

These flag poles make great gifts for boat owners, especially if they are paired with a personalized boat flag (check out gift #20 for that!).

#17 Interesting books for boaters

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500 days around the world on a 12-foot yacht

500 days around the world on a 12-foot yacht

Are you looking for gifts for boaters who love reading stories about other boaters? Then this book is a must! It’s about the Guinness world record breaker Sege Testa who sailed around the world on his yacht.

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Hard aground, Again

Hard aground, Again: The incomplete idiot’s guide to doing stupid stuff with boats

If you are just looking for funny and random gifts for boaters, this book is perfect. It’s a collection of the funniest boating-themed columns.

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The new get rid of boat odors

The new get rid of boat odors: A boat owner’s guide to marine sanitation systems and other sources of aggravation and odor

This is one of the best gifts for boat owners! A guide to keeping their boat smelling fresh and clean.

#18 Boat-themed glasses

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Glasses with anchor

These glasses with anchors are great boat gifts for people who love boating. Even when they’re not on a boat, these glasses will bring the boats into their homes.

#19 Boat-themed beer cooler

Life vest beer coolers
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

In case you are looking for funny boating gifts, these life vest beer coolers are the gift you need!

They are great for a white elephant gift exchange or a secret Santa evening; practical, but still in boating-theme.

#20 Personalized boat name flag

Design your own flag logo
Photo courtesy of Uplifting Artware

If you are looking for personalized gifts for boat owners, this flag is the perfect gift.

You can personalize it in whatever way you want. You can go for a fun photo, a self-designed logo, the boat’s name, or just a sweet message.

#21 Funny boating shirt

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The dockfather shirt

Are you looking for Father’s Day gifts for boaters? Or are you looking for funny boat gifts for your boyfriend?

This shirt is a great gift. It’s a funny pun for people who love The Godfather.

#22 Boating-themed passport cover

passport cover with anchors
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for boating gifts for people who often cruise to different countries?

Then a passport cover in a nautical theme is a great practical gift!

You can find over 500 different boat-themed options on Zazzle. And if you don’t feel like browsing through all those options, you can also go for the personalized cover with anchors and stirs.

Small budget gifts for boaters

#23 Personalized corkscrew

Corkscrew with boat name
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for small, practical, and personalized gifts for boat owners?

Then this corkscrew with the boat’s name is perfect!

It’s cute, thoughtful, and very practical for people who love drinking and boating.

#24 Boat-themed tote bag

Bag with text "weekend forcast boating with a chance of wine"
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Do you need small boat gifts for sustainable travelers?

Then a tote bag with a boating theme is a great gift idea. These bags last longer than plastic bags and are made from recyclable material.

You can find nearly 7,000 different options on Zazzle, or simply go for the funny weekend forecast bag with “Boating and a chance of wine”.

#25 Waterproof deck of cards

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Waterproof deck of cards

One of the risks of a boating lifestyle is that everything can get wet. So as I explained before, all gifts that prevent things from getting wet, or that are waterproof are great gifts for boat owners. And one example is this waterproof deck of cards. So they can still play games on board and not worry about a bit of water.

It’s also a great gift for people who love the beach.

#26 Nautical keychain

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Are you looking for sweet ánd practical gifts for boaters?

Then this keychain is the perfect gift!

They can connect it to their boat keys, so they’re less likely to lose them. But it’s the sweet message that makes this such a cute gift. It says “In high tide or in low tide, I’ll be by your side.”

It’s the best nautical gift for someone you love.

#27 Boat logbook

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Boat logbook

A boating logbook is one of the best gifts for boaters who love keeping track of all their tours.

This logbook will help them to organize their notes in a structured way. They can keep track of the destinations, speed, water, course, other navigation notes, boat maintenance, crew, guests, and a lot more!

#28 Boat gifts for women: necklace

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Anchor necklace

Are you looking for cute boating gifts for women?

Then this necklace in the shape of an anchor is a great idea. It’s not only related to boating but anchors also symbolize hope, safety, and confidence.

#29 Nautical wall art

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Sailing poster

If you are looking for boat gifts for people who love boating, then something to decorate their home in a nautical theme is perfect!

And luckily, you can find plenty of cool options for that on Amazon, so head over and check out all the boating-themed wall art. Or go for this “Go Sailing” poster if you have a smaller budget for this gift.

#30 Boat-themed socks

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My boat, my rules socks

Socks are always good gifts. They are small, practical, and can be found in literally any color, print, or theme. Such as these boat-themed ones. They are great gifts for boat owners who love being the captain of their boat (and beyond).

Save these gifts for boat owners

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The 30 best boating gifts for boaters

Final note on gifts for boat owners

Alright, these were the 30 best boating gifts. Are you still not sure which gift to buy? Check out the editor’s top three gifts by budget.


Hi, I’m Lara, a 29-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!

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